You Are Welcome Here.

No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey – you are welcome here at First Congregational United Church of Christ. 

Who we are

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Open and Affirming

We welcome persons of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

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Accessible to All

We are committed to be physically and attitudinally welcoming of people with disabilities.

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Committed to Social Justice

We are called to acts of witness, compassion, and empowerment to ensure justice for all.

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Lenten Offerings

We are highlighting a story Jesus told, or a story told about Jesus’ ministry, focusing on a word or feeling we believe is one way to understand the story. Jesus is a storyteller in the Gospels. Donald Davis, an American storyteller and author, once said, “Storytelling is not what I do for a living – it is how I do all that I do while I am living.” This is true of Jesus as well. It is what he did while he was living. And in his living and his healing, he used stories to help his followers imagine themselves in them. Imagine how these stories might take flight in our lives. Enter each story through a character or an emotion to better understand how Jesus is speaking to us today.

Mid-Week Vespers

Thursday, February 29 | 7:00 p.m. | Chapel

Join us for mid-week worship to hear some of our First Cong friends reflect on how they relate to our Lenten theme. On Thursday, February 29, we will hear from Bill Tishler, with special music by Jennifer Tishler and Sue Jones. These services are an intimate time of prayer, reflection, music, and silence. Gather with us and imagine yourself in the story!

Thursday, March 7: Reflection by Ruth Benedict (pre-recorded; YouTube)

Thursday, March 14: Refection by Joanne Lenburg (in-person; Chapel)

Typewriter with the typed words "One justice for all."

Seeds of Hope Grants

Application deadline: March 1, 2024

Seeds of Hope Social Justice Grants, administered by First Congregational Church of Madison Foundation, are available to community-based organizations, neighborhood groups, cooperatives, non-profits, and faith groups in Dane County working to implement and support innovative programs and initiatives that advance social justice in ways consistent with the United Church of Christ’s missions.